SHORT CURRICULUM VITAE (Professor Gerry McKenna)


NAME:

Prof Patrick Gerald (Gerry) McKenna DL, MRIA, BSc, PhD, CBiol, FRSB, CSci, FIBMS, FRSA, Hon. DSc, Hon. LLD

Former President and Vice Chancellor, University of Ulster; 
President Emeritus and Hon. Executive Secretary, Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science (HUCBMS)

 

CONTACT DETAILS:

Telephone (Mobile/Cell):  +44 (0)7766745511

 Email:  mckenna.gerry@rocketmail.com

Website: http://www.gerrymckenna.co.uk   

 

DATE OF BIRTH:  10 December 1953

 

MARITAL STATUS:  Married (2 sons)

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

BSc Biology (1st class Hons),Ulster 1976

PhD Genetics,Belfast 1979

Chartered Biologist (CBiol) 1982

Fellow of Institute of Biomedical Science (FIBMS) 1982

Fellow of Royal Society (formerly Institute) of Biology (FRSB) 1989

Chartered Scientist (CSci) 2006

 

CAREER HISTORY:

Lecturer, Human Biology and Genetics, New University of Ulster, 1979-84; Senior Lecturer in Biology, University of Ulster, 1984-88; Director of Biomedical Sciences Research Centre, University of Ulster, 1985-88; Professor and Head of Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, 1988-94; Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Ulster, 1994-97; Pro Vice Chancellor (Research), University of Ulster, 1997-99; Vice Chancellor, University of Ulster, 1999-2005; President, University of Ulster, 2000-2006; President Emeritus and Hon. Executive Secretary, Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science (HUCBMS), 2011-.

 

VISITING PROFESSORSHIPS:

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 1992; University of Malaya, 1993; University of California at Berkeley, 1995.

 

HONOURS/AWARDS:

Coleraine Business Person of the Year, 1999; Freedom of the Borough of Coleraine, 2001; Hon DSc, National University of Ireland, 2001; Hon LLD, Queen's University Belfast, 2002; Member of the Royal Irish Academy, 2001; Deputy Lieutenant for County Londonderry, 2002-; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, 2000; Honoree, The Flax Trust, New York, 2003; Honoree, Friends of Harvard Celtic Studies, Cambridge Mass, 2002; Keys to City of Portland, Maine, 2003; President Emeritus, Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences 2000-; Professor Emeritus, University of Ulster, 2006-.

 

REPRESENTATION ON EXTERNAL BODIES:

Previous Representation

Chair:

Higher Education Funding Councils Research Assessment Exercise, Other Studies and Professions Allied to Medicine Panel, 2001; Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science (HUCBMS), 1995-97; Universities Ireland, 2002-04; Northern Ireland Branch of Institute of Biology, 1993-95; Northern Ireland Foresight, Life and Health Technologies Panel, 1996-2000; Audit Committee, Northern Ireland Regional Medical Physics Agency, 1994-2001; Research and Clinical Services Committee, Ulster Cancer Foundation, 1998-2000; Northern Ireland Liaison Committee, Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences, 1988-1994; Northern Ireland Sub-Committee, US-Ireland R&D Alliance, 2002-04; UK Council for Postgraduate Education, Research Training Group for Nursing and PAMS, 2002-03; UUTech Ltd, 2002-04; University of Ulster Science Research Parks Ltd, 2002-2004; Royal Irish Academy(RIA) International Affiliations Working Group, 2013- 2014; British Journal of Biomedical Science Review Working Group, 2014.

 

Vice Chair:

Ulster Cancer Foundation, 2000-04; Northern Ireland Branch of Institute of Biology, 1992-93; Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Science (HUCBMS), 1993-95.

 

Other Board Memberships:

e-Universities UK; UK Joint Medical Advisory Council; UK Health Education Partnership; Education Advisory Committee, Institute of Biomedical Science; Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance (IUNA); Fellowship Committee, Institute of Biology; CNAA Life Sciences Board; Post-Service Education Working Group, College of Radiographers; Research Committee, Northern Ireland Leukaemia Research Fund; RIA All-island and International Task Force; Northern Ireland Science Park; University Challenge (NI) Ltd; Northern Ireland Regional Medical Physics Agency; Postgraduate Awards Committees (Studentships, CAST Awards, Distinction Awards), Department for Employment and Learning, NI; Clinical Research Awards Committee, Department for Health and Social Services, NI; University of Ulster Foundation etc.


Current/Recent Representation 

Chair
:

Management Board, Benburb Priory Library and Museum Project (2011-); Independent Advisory Group, Doctoral Training Alliance (University Alliance) (2015-); Coordinator, RIA Review of HE Funding in Northern Ireland (2016); Advisory Committee on Health Technology and Informatics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2016-); Chair, RIA Working Group on Brexit Implications for Northern Ireland (2017).

Member
:

RIA North-South Standing Committee (2012-); Stormont All-Party Group on Science and Technology (2012-); Heads of University Biosciences (HUBS) Executive Committee (2012-); University of Kufa International Advisory Board (2013-); NI Learned Societies and Professional Bodies Group (2012-); Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Benchmaking Review Group: Biosciences (2014-); QAA Benchmarking Review Group: Biomedical Sciences (2014-); Royal Society of Biology Education Policy Advisory Group (2014-); RIA Life and Medical Sciences Committee (2014-); RIA Standing Committee for Council-Nominated Members (2014-); RIA Steering Group on Optimal Governmental Structure for HE and Research (2015-); International Advisory Board, JMD MARBLE (Masters' Programme in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences) (2015-); Member of Council and Vice President, Royal Irish Academy (2017-).
 

 

MEMBERSHIP OF EDITORIAL BOARDS:

 

Radiography (currently)
British Journal of Biomedical Science, Journal of Biomedical Science.

 

EXTERNAL EXAMINING: PhD (7), DSc (1), Taught Programmes (BSc / MSc) (12); REF 2014 reviewer for 5 UK universities. Departmental Adviser (Biomedical Sciences), Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2012-)

 

TAUGHT PROGRAMME EVALUATION:

 

In Ireland, Great Britain, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Australia.

 

PHILANTHROPIC FUNDRAISING:

 

Approximately £40million obtained from individuals and foundations in US, GB and Ireland.

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS: 

 

DNA repair, mutagenesis, diet and health, higher education policy, research policy.

 

PERSONAL RESEARCH GRANTS:

 

Over £20m from MRC, Cancer Research Campaign, Leukaemia Research Fund, Department of Health, Wellcome Foundation, European Union etc.

 

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS:  Over 200 scientific publications

 

DOCTORAL SUPERVISIONS:  25

 

OVERSEAS COLLABORATIONS:

 

In: research, research strategy, university planning, and taught programme development. (in: US, Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China, Iraq, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka).

 

CLUB:  Reform.